Sunday, December 02, 2007

Catch Bonnie Jo Campbell This Week

Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Women and Other Animals and the novel Q Road, is making a UM - Flint appearance this week. She's graciously agreed to visit three creative writing classes on Wednesday and Thursday, and she'll be doing a reading open to the public at 8 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) in the Riverview Room of the University Center. It's gonna be a good night!

She's got by far the best biographical statement of any writer I've had the pleasure to welcome to Flint: yes, she learned to castrate small pigs as a child, and yes, she traveled with the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus -- she sold snow cones, just like "Big Joanie" in the first story of Women and Other Animals. And "Shotgun Wedding," is one of the best short stories I've read in a very long time.

So make the scene! Refreshments by Ken Good Beans.


Bryant/Darkpoet said...

Bonnie Jo was an excellent guest. She seemed very enthusiastic about what she does, and it's nice to see someone out there with a light side to what she's doing with her life, even if that something requires one to marry into health insurance.

You suggested the class keep in contact, so I thought I'd come hang around your blog.

Bryant said...

You asked about my blog at the reception party, so...

It'll save you some searching time.

Awesome party, by the way. Thanks for hosting it.

Macy Swain said...

Thanks for checking out the blog, Bryant. It was great to have you at the party. I'll check out your blog next. I hope that main character of yours is figuring out his romantic life!